Rulez84 was up against it from the start. The German re-entered this event four times, meaning he had to finish 14th or better to even turn a profit. Maybe he gave himself so many chances because he’d been down this road before, having finished third in the 2015 TCOOP $27 NL Single Draw 2-7 event. Whatever his reasoning, rulez84 made the most of his fourth chance and arrived at the final table second in chips. Canada’s marwan24 ended up doing a lot of the heavy lifting, eliminating the sixth, fifth, and fourth-place finishers, but rulez84 pulled away during three-handed play and never had to look back. It took a 75-minute heads-up match for rulez84 to shake GuculDK, but he remained patient and prevailed, earning his first SCOOP title and over $14k.
The $215 buy-in edition of the SCOOP’s lone NL 2-7 Single Draw event drew 334 entries (202 unique players, 132 re-entries), resulting in a $66,800.00 prize pool. 42 players earned a share of it with $14,028.00 set aside for first place. Day 1 concluded during Level 26 when the seven-handed final table was set.
Seat 1: retrA7777 (199,366 in chips)
Seat 2: marwan24 (241,487 in chips)
Seat 3: GuculDK (498,052 in chips)
Seat 4: mixjuice (306,216 in chips)
Seat 5: Adamyid (264,706 in chips)
Seat 6: rulez84 (770,359 in chips)
Seat 7: Ceegee87 (1,059,814 in chips)
RetrA7777 was the shortest stack to start the final table and wasn’t able to gain any momentum. When rulez84 made a 30,000 button raise, retrA7777 called from the big blind and both players drew one card. Rulez84 and retrA7777 checked it down after the draw and rulez84’s queen-low was good against retrA7777’s pair of eights. RetrA7777 was left with 58,000 in chips and never recovered, exiting a few hands later in seventh place.
Moments later, marwan24 three-bet shoved pre-draw for his remaining 119,587 and initial raiser rulez84 called. Both players drew one card. Rulez84 turned over J-9-6-4-2, but marwan24 improved to 8-6-5-4-2, gaining a crucial double-up to 275,174. Less than five minutes later, marwan24 did it again. After three-bet shoving vs. Ceegee87, marwan24 drew one card and Ceegee87 drew one as well. While Ceegee87 ended up with a pair of deuces, marwan24 revealed 9-7-6-4-2 and doubled again, this time to a very healthy 730,348. Ceegee87 was down to 810,000 but still retained a slim chip lead.
Meanwhile, Ceegee87 tried to rally his opponents to get a side game going:
Ceegee87: either of you guys want to play 10/20?
Whether the invitation jinxed Adamyid, we’ll never know, but only a few hands later marwan24 opened for 28,000 and Adamyid moved in for 197,946. Marwan24 called. Adamyid stood pat and after a bit of thought, marwan24 drew one card. Adamyid turned over 9-8-5-4-3, but marwan24 improved to 8-7-5-4-2 and sent Adamyid to the rail in 6th place… or rather, the cash game, where he and Ceegee87 played a few hands of $10/$20.
Adamyid: gonna get some son, be back later
Adamyid: don’t want kids
Adamyid: i’m such a spot, you should have me on speed dial
Adam “adamyid” Owen, sixth place
Four hands after Adamyid’s departure, mixjuice three-bet shoved pre-draw for 105,016 and marwan24 called. Mixjuice stood pat, while marwan24 drew one card. Mixjuice’s J-9-5-3-2 couldn’t stand up to marwan24’s 9-8-6-5-3 and he departed in fifth place.
As four-handed play drew on, Ceegee87 lost a substantial pot to GuculDK, who three-bet to 64,000 pre-draw. GuculDK stood pat and Ceegee87 drew one. GuculDK made it 76,000 to go and Ceegee87 called, but couldn’t beat GuculDK’s pat 8-6-5-4-3.
Ceegee87 slipped to 458,000 in chips and steadily lost ground over the next level. Left with 47,280 in chips, he called all-in pre-draw vs. GuculDK and marwan24. All three drew one care and the two active players checked it down. Marwan24 turned over J-9-5-3-2 and won the pot, sending Ceegee87 home in fourth place.
Christopher “Ceegee87” George, fourth place
Immediately following the 2pm ET break, the final three were virtually tied in chips.
Seat 2: marwan24 (1,137,390 in chips)
Seat 3: GuculDK (1,089,148 in chips)
Seat 6: rulez84 (1,113,462 in chips)
It was then that rulez84 three-bet to 140,000 pre-draw and GuculDK came along for the additional 100k. Both players drew one card. GuculDK led out for 240,000 and rulesz84 called. GuculDK had an A-9 to show and rulez84 moved up to 1.54 million in chips with 9-6-5-4-3.
Later in the 10,000/20,000 level, rulez84 three-bet marwan24’s opening min-raise and marwan24 responded by moving all-in for 922,390. Rulez84 called and stood pat while marwan24 drew one card. Rulez84 turned over a pat number two, 7-6-4-3-2, while marwan24 picked up a pair of sixes, ending his run in third place.
Heads-up chip counts
Seat 3: GuculDK (944,148 in chips)
Seat 6: rulez84 (2,395,852 in chips)
Rulez84 fell back to 2.25 million before he three-bet pre-draw to 144,000 and GuculDK called. Both players drew one card and rulez84 came out firing, making it 216,000 to go. GuculDK called, and rulez84 rolled over 8-7-6-3-2 for the win, taking his stack back up to 2.62 million.
For the next hour, rulez84 and GuculDK traded pots. Rulez84 never fell below 2 million in chips and eventually surged past the 3 million mark once the blinds rose to 20,000/40,000. Rulez84 went on a tear, winning six pots in a row to climb to 3.28 million. On the seventh hand, he opened for 80,000 on the button and GuculDK called all-in from the big blind. GuculDK drew three cards and rulez84 stood pat. Rulez84’s T-8-7-4-3 was good against A-Q-9-8-5 and he locked up the win.
Congratulations to Germany’s rulez84 on his first SCOOP title! He banked $14,028.00 for the win, while runner-up GuculDK earned $10,020.00.
SCOOP-53-M ($215 NL Single Draw 2-7) results–
Entrants: 334 (202 entries, 132 re-entries)
Prize pool: $66,800.00
Places paid: 42
1. rulez84 (Germany) $14,028.00
2. GuculDK (Ukraine) $10,020.00
3. marwan24 (Canada) $7,014.00
4. Christopher “Ceegee87” George (Canada) $4,342.00
5. mixjuice (Japan) $3,006.00
6. Adam “Adamyid” Owen (United Kingdom) $2,338.00
7. retrA7777 (Russia) $1,670.00
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